If you get convicted of speeding or another driving-related offense, points are added to your driving record by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). Because 15 points or more that are added in a 24-month time period results in your license being suspended, many drivers want to know how long they are going to have to wait before driving record points in Georgia are deducted. If you were involved in an accident, our experienced car accident lawyers can assist you in the legal process.
How Long Do Points Stay On Your Driving Record In Georgia?
If you live in the state of Georgia, points will stay on your driving record for a period of two years. Points will drop off after they have been on your driving record for two years. However, the drop off occurs at the two-year mark from the precise date that each of the points was added. If this means you get more than one ticket at various times, some points might come off of your record sooner than others do.
How Can I get Points Taken Off Of My Driving Record?
If you would like to have points taken off of your driving record in Georgia before the two-year time period is up, then you can legally require a point reduction (up to a maximum of seven points) once each five years. However, before you make this request you need to meet certain criteria.
To request to have points taken off of your driving record, you have to:
- Enroll in a certified Driver Improvement course and complete it
- Obtain a course certificate of completion
- Present the certificate of completion from the course to the DDS in-person or by mail
If you are successful, then you might be able to have some points taken off of your driving record in less than two years, depending on when those points were accrued.
Also, there are ways you can avoid points altogether getting onto your driving record. If you are charged with a moving violation, there are some judges who may give you the option of completing a defensive driving program of six hours. If you are able to show proof of completing the program, then your ticket might never be processed or get dismissed. It will be as if this violation never occurred.
However, it is very important that you know, that although points can be removed or come off your record, a violation that is on your record is not removed.
What are the Consequences of There Being Points on Your Driving Record?
Driving record points exist to punish moving violations, like reckless driving, running a stop sign, or speeding. Any of those may result in a car accident in Atlanta and injuries to other drivers and yourself.
There are a certain number of points that come with traffic violations, which range one point to six points, depending on how severe the violation is. If you accrue 15 points at least within 24 months, then you will be faced with your driver’s license being suspended.
When you receive a suspension it means that your driving privileges are revoked temporarily for a certain time period. You will then need to wait until your suspension is complete before you apply to have your driver’s license reinstated. There is a fee included with reinstatement in addition to other requirements.
As previously mentioned, the violation that led to the points on your driving record is not removed, even when points come off. There are some car insurance companies that check your driving record whenever your renewal is due or you apply for an insurance policy. Insurance companies do not always look at your points, but they still are going to see the record from one violation or more. If the insurance company sees violations or points on your account, they might see you as a potential liability and increase your premium significantly.
What if I Don’t Know The Number of Points That Are on My Driving Record?
If you are unsure about what the timeline is for the number of points or the amount of them that are on your driving record currently, you can ask for your Driving History Report. Here are three of the main ways that can be done:
- Through the DDS Online Services
- Going to any DDS Customer Service Center in-person
- Or by mailing Form DDS-18 to Georgia DDS
You will have to pay a fee of $8 for a 7-year history or $3 for a 3-year history. The report will show how many points on your driving record and the dates when they were added.
How About Out of State Drivers Who Get A Ticket in the State of Georgia?
If you do not live in the state of Georgia, but get a ticket when you are visiting the state, you may wonder how the violation is going to impact your out-of-state driving record. You still will receive the same number of points, based on the specific violation, when you are an out-of-state driver. But how long the points stay on your record will depend on the state that you live in:
The points remain on your record for a year if you live in New Mexico, Nevada, and Maine, and 18 months if you live in New York or Missouri.
Like in Georgia, the points remain on your record or a period of two years if you reside in West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Vermont, Utah (as long as you keep your record clean), Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado, and Alabama.
They remain on your record for a period of three years if you live in Ohio, North Dakota (one point gets deducted for each of the three months of having no violations), North Carolina, New Hampshire, Montana, Maryland, Idaho, Florida, California, Arkansas, and Arizona.
The points remain on your driving record for a period of five years if you live in the state of Wisconsin and for six years if you live in the state of Massachusetts.
States without a points system include Wyoming, Washington, Rhode Island, Oregon, Mississippi, Minnesota, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, and Hawaii.
South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and Alaska take off the points after a certain period of time of violation-free driving. To learn more, contact your local DMV.
Any kind of moving violation that results in a car accident may result in expensive vehicle damage and painful injuries. If you were injured in a car accident due to another person’s driving errors, our Atlanta car accident attorneys can help you.
The Weinstein Firm represents car accident victims in the state of Georgia, and we strongly believe that you deserve to receive full compensation for the damages you have suffered. To learn more and get your FREE consultation scheduled, visit our contact page or call 770-HELP-NOW.